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in this debate tonight is to confirm some negative stereotype going into the debate whether it's president obama being arrogant or condescending or mitt romney caring only about a certain group of americans. >> classic moments. no doubt we're going to see moments like that tonight and throughout this campaign leading up to the election. larry kudlow back with us. we want to get your take on this. can something like that change the course of the election? >> oh, yeah. for one of these too. the other thing was a vice presidential debate. most people vote for president, not vice president. so something like that happened -- i don't really reckon that romney's going to stroll over to president obama. at least i hope not. one thing i will say, by the way, is if you go back to all those republican debates, we did the after-debate for one of them. romney's pretty good. he did very well in most of them. and two in particular. he took newt gingrich out in florida. at a moment when gingrich was really a big contender. romney took him out. >> even though the president, one of the best thing he does is spea
, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the "pbs news hour" i welcome you to the first of the presidential debates between president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney the republican nominee. this debate and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15 minute segments, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered discussion suggestions. i made the final selections. for the record they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments as i announced in advance will be three on the economy and one each on health care, the role of government and governing. with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics and choices. both candidates will also have two minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain slinlt. no cheers, applause, boos, hisss among other noisy distracting thing
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